Maisie Williams, Sibel Kekilli and Thomas Brodie-Sangster MTV video interview
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MTV UK has released the last of their interviews with the cast of Game of Thrones to promote the Season 3 DVD release. In this new video Maisie Williams, Sibel Kekilli, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster sit down to chat.

Maisie discusses Arya’s growth continuing into Season 4, Thomas wonders whether Jojen Reed can be trusted, and Sibel thoroughly enjoys her character Shae and working with Peter Dinklage. The trio also answers questions on how they would want their characters to die, how they keep the atmosphere light on set, the strangest thing they’ve had to do filming, and if they could have any actor on the show, who would it be?

Watch the video by clicking on the screen capture below:


67 Comments

  1. Meraxes
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    HODOR!

  2. Andrew
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Purely for what it’s worth, all the promotional appearances Brodie-Sangster is making lead me to believe he’s one of the 5 actors promoted to series regular this season.

  3. Stephen
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Andrew,

    Is it confirmed somewhere we have 5 new regulars? I haven’t seen that.

  4. King of the Ashes
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    i like sibel kekilli

  5. Dickon Manwoody
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Confirmed: Al Pachino and Meryl Streep will play Shae’s parents probably out for revenge.

  6. Andrew
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Stephen,

    It was in the EW article which said Nathalie Emmanuel had been promoted for Season 5. The reporter was told there are 29 regulars in Season 4. That would make 5 on top of the 24 surviving regulars from S3. (Possibly 6 if Joe Dempsie doesn’t return, but I think he will.)

  7. arden
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Maisie thinks Drogons name is Dracarys lmao…

    Shae will for sure have a memorable death

  8. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Where did Maisie get all that hair from? Jeez. She’s a bit too sadistic though:
    http://s3-live.tapcdn.com/images/tap/7/4/7/2/f/072/01e/500-animate/danerys-and-drogon-cooking-a.gif

    What Sibel says gets really funny if you’ve read the books and if you’ve payed attention to the second trailer.

  9. Greenjones
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    arden,

    A lot of people seem to think this, even though in “Valar Morghulis” Dany said Dracarys to get all three dragons to breathe fire.

  10. Greenjones
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    She’s got extensions, she said that at some red carpet, I think in the autumn or early winter. Though she keeps the short hair she said she wanted to look a little more “girly” from time to time.

  11. Turncloak
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    It’s because for some wierd reason the show refuses to say the dragons names

  12. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    And Maisie hasn’t read the books, I think.

  13. Turncloak
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    Maisie has read the books actually

  14. Greenjones
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    Her mother has but she hasn’t. She says she will read them when the show’s over. She’s said so in many interviews and most recently in the commentary she did for the S3 dvd. Sophie Turner says she’s read a bit, but only the Sansa chapters.

  15. Darkstar
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Hors-pital! Oh Rory, you big kidder.

  16. Boojam
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I suddenly realize these are for the UK release of season 3 DVD.
    Hmm… last year they had a Red Carpet for season 2 DVD , I think?, but I guess not this year?
    I wonder if there will be a Red Carpet for Season 4?

  17. King of the Ashes
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    maisie has said that she hasn’t read the books but her mom and stepdad have and they tell her info about the books, specifically her character.

  18. Eos
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Sibel is absolutely adorable!

  19. JoffreyTrueKing
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I hate MTV’s player so much, will anybody tell me what Sibel says about her character’s death, please?

  20. Arya Dunyett
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Sibel has the most delightful laugh! Such a beauty!

    I’ll bet she’s a hit with her co-stars in spite of her misunderstanding of English.

    Daenerys says, “Dracarys” whenever she wants her dragon(s) to breathe fire, which is several times to date.

    As Turncloak mentioned, the dragon names are unknown, as yet, in the series. I suspect that will change this season.

  21. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Boojam,

    Yes yes yes, it is on the works. So HBO will still officially announce it.
    They will have three special screenings of episode 401 at the Jean Cocteau as well. This one will also have a red carpet.
    http://grrm.livejournal.com/358269.html

  22. Annara Snow
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s high time to mention the dragons’ names on the show. They can’t have Dany, Jorah, Barristan, Missandei etc. refer to them as: “The big black one did this and this, and the green one did that…”

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,
    Don’t you mean masochistic? Though I guess that depends on how much you think she identifies with her character.

  23. Twyladess
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    JoffreyTrueKing,

    Sibel says she wants to have a death scene that is very memorable.

  24. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    I was just going to say that. The guy who presents the girl’s bones said the one who ate her was the big one, or the biggest of them all. The winged shadow. I don’t recall very well. But people will guess at once is Drogon, I believe. But I understand the show’s strategy not to say the dragons’ names. The fewer names the better for the audience. :)

    Sadistic. If you jump to masochistic, it instantly becomes suicidal.

  25. Greenjones
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    The problem is, how do they naturally integrate the dragon’s name into a scene without it seeming forced. I do agree they should nip this in the bud, but the question is how? My only guess would be to do it through a scene of Dany introducing them to Daario.

  26. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I can see that happening.

  27. Abyss
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Did Thomas Brodie-Sangster just say that he is a Wildling? No, you don’t silly, but never mind… ;-)

  28. Maester Blaster
    Posted February 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    It’s a firm rule in TV and most books that you don’t have two characters with the same name, some won’t even have characters with names that start with the same letter. It’s just too hard to remember for most people. It’s why they changed Asha’s name to Yara, Asha is too close to Osha, and why Lysa’s son in always referred to as Robin and not Robert. Of course George breaks this rule all the time in the books and prequel stories. Half of the Targaryens are named either Aegon or Daemon. Besides the fact that naming the Dragons would add more names in general, they are named after characters we already know, Drogo/Drogon, Viserys/Viseryion. Casual fans’ heads would explode.

  29. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    He said Osha is a Wildling, I believe.

  30. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Good interview. Now that the season 3 business is is over… Can we get the official poster with a tag line? And how about some episode names? I don’t want trailers this week. We’ve had more than enough for now.

    Greenjones,

    That’s exactly what I thought. Either through Daario or through Hizdahr… It’s time, though. They can’t drag it any longer.

  31. Abyss
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    Yeah, you’re right, guess I’m the silly one… In my defiance, he mumbles a little in the interview and English isn’t my first language.

  32. Hear Me Roar
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Haha, that’s a cool interview :) Probably the best of the MTV series. I liked the Bieber question in a previous one as well, though.

  33. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    You are forgiven

  34. Chickenduck
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    Greenjones,

    It’s because for some wierd reason the show refuses to say the dragons names

    There’s no refusal, it just hasn’t come up in dialog. Bryan Cogman confirmed that the dragons have the same names in the script as in the books.

  35. Annara Snow
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Maester Blaster,

    Remembering the dragons’ names is actually the easiest thing ever, exactly because those are not random names, because they are named after her dead husband and brothers. That’s something you wouldn’t forget. Maybe the casual viewers would have trouble remembering Rhaegal, since they don’t know so much about Rhaegar, but they certainly would have no trouble remembering Drogon. And it’s not like anyone would get confused and think that the big dragon and the long dead Khal Drogo are the same person, so the confusion argument makes no sense.

  36. Abyss
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Found that interesting Game of Thrones titbit in an interview with Tom Wlaschiha (no, it is not about a return to GOT :( ). The interview is in German, so I translated the interesting part really quick.

    [about his German accent] With Jaqen H’ghar, your role in Game of Game of thrones, no one minded the accent.

    He even was supposed to have an accent. The first casting call talked about an eastern accent, though.

    What’s an eastern accent?

    I wondered that myself. (Laughs) That’s why I tried to go with a Russian accent. But when I got the role they said, please just speak the way you speak.

  37. Dolorous Ned
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    When does HBO usually announce the episode titles? Episode 31 is now listed in their schedule, but without a title.

  38. Ser Lucas
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Maester Blaster,

    I know the rule. And I understand it. Arrh Arrh said he broke the rule on purpose because people were named after people in real life – that’s why we have a dozen Brandon Starks in the same storyline, beside the Jons and Rodriks. – and I love the fact that he broke it on purpose. It makes it way more believable. It’s all on a great (long) interview I stumbled on some time ago. You must have read it too.

  39. Turncloak
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Chickenduck: There’s no refusal, it just hasn’t come up in dialog.Bryan Cogman confirmed that the dragons have the same names in the script as in the books.

    Hasn’t come up in dialogue=the writers have not writtent the dialogue=refusal

  40. jentario
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Dolorous Ned,

    February 28th last season, which means we should be getting it soon.
    http://winteriscoming.net/2013/02/season-three-episode-titles-revealed/

  41. Boojam
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell: Boojam

    O I missed that , usually keep up with George’s Not a Blog.

    Wonder who they are bringing this year?
    Usually it’s all the ladies, for ‘gown show’ (tho Rigg was not there last year).
    I wonder if Hannah Murray will be there?

    It was kind of goofy for the guys , for instance Rory was there but you had to find the still picture, as well as , of all things Ben Hawkey….

    I imagine that Conleth Hill avoids things like this like the plague.

    Oddly if it were not for David Peterson’s blog would not have known that Dan Hildebrand and Jacob Anderson were at the premiere party (they may have been in the audience but not the red carpet). In fact we never really found out who all , from the show, secondary cast were there… reportage not very good on things like that.

    (Well never found out what cast , except for a few first stringers came to the Emmy’s.)

  42. jentario
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    GIVE ME DEM TITLES, HBO!

  43. mal
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Spoiler-y prediction: Shae is Cersei’s spy. I think it starts when they met at the battle of Blackwater. I remember Shae being kind of starstruck when Cersei starts talking to her (well, before Cersei insults her that is). She wants to be something more than a whore, Cersei wither promises to her for betraying Tyrion eventually. Tyrion and Shae bedside talk, Shae refusing the diamonds…Shae’s got something better coming.

  44. Seriously my dude?
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    mal,

    I have a prediction too, I think Joffrey is poisoned at his own wedding by the Tyrells, Tyrion is framed and ends up in the cuffs we see in the promos. Sansa somehow ends up with Littlefinger after Joffery dies (I think Dontos is going to play a part in taking Sansa away remember when she saved him season 2) Tyrion will be set free by Varys right before his about to be killed. When Tyrion is escaping he wants to say screw you to his father ONE last time for putting him through all this so Varys tells him how to get to his fathers quarters. When Tyrion enters his fathers room he sees who? but his lover Shae sleeping in Tywin’s bed wearing the chain that Tyrion gave her in Season 3. Tyrion goes apeshit and kills Shae on the spot with the chain, strangling her.

    im unsullied though so IDK

  45. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Seriously my dude?,

    I assume the spoiler tags were modded in. Wow, why do you do this?!

  46. GeekFurious
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh look. Now we have a new level of troll. The one who pretends he’s unsullied and uses it to spoil people with “predictions”.

    Narcissist. Sociopath. Or just all-around loser. You should IP ban that idiot instead of adding spoiler tags.

  47. House Ray
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Just an FYI – Sibel did porn back in the day. Google it. Somewhat of a typecast if you ask me…

  48. Seriously my dude?
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    No actually I put the spoiler tags in (because you know it’s a spoiler??) no mods buddy. Putting spoilers in tags is not a bannable offense. Nice generalizations though off of one post you nailed me to a T!

    mal is a book reader. You’ve been double trolled.

  49. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Seriously my dude?,

    I was wondering whether you’re a troll or you were applying sarcasm to Mal. You’ve got to understand the confusion, though.

  50. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    House Ray,

    Everybody knows that. But she hasn’t really shown her money makers since season 1, so I don’t think her porn background necessarily had any connection to her casting. Either way, she’s good as TV Shae and seems like a very nice person.

  51. GeekFurious
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Seriously my dude?:
    GeekFurious,

    No actually I put the spoiler tags in (because you know it’s a spoiler??) no mods buddy. Putting spoilers in tags is not a bannable offense. Nice generalizations though off of one post you nailed me to a T!

    mal is a book reader. You’ve been double trolled.

    Oh, so you’re just a troll.

  52. Satin
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    House Ray,

    she’s also won awards for her drama acting. Strange that people seldom wave that kind of knowledge around.

  53. Boojam
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    One thing, I think Sibel Kekilli has been working on her English , she has gotten better over the last two years in interviews, but still notes that she feels there are , on set, jokes that get by her.
    I still think she is hit and miss in the acting department.
    It’s odd one almost feels she has awkward line delivery and body language depending of the actor she is with , seemingly mildly intimidated by Peter Dinklage and Conleth Hill. Her best episode was Blackwater.
    She has won awards but only in German speaking roles.

  54. Seriously my dude?
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    I’m as much a troll as you are tv show reviewer.

  55. Bannerless Bro
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  56. Bannerless Bro
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Boojam,

    English can be very hard to cath when spoken very fast, so I can understand her awkwardness, specially if it’s your first big job on an english-speaking production. British accent can be a hell difficult to understand for an outsider.

  57. House Ray
    Posted February 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    No hate on my part, just an FYI like I said :)

    I think she’s done great in the role.

  58. Satin
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Boojam,

    things like accents and different languages can make things very hard for actors, I believe. That said, I really like Sibel as Shae. Shae to me seems like a person, not some prop. She’s obviously someone who is very angry, and brash, and easy to irritate, but at the same time, I never doubt that she does love Sansa and Tyrion – while still being always aware that her relationships to them can never be completely genuine, because they are not of the same social class. I think she gets that across very well.

    House Ray,

    forgive me if I’m a little cynical here, but that FYI is brought up by someone each time Sibel is the topic, and it’s difficult to believe it’s done for anything other than to shame her. It’s not the 1950s anymore, maybe it’s time to accept that even people who have worked (or are working) in adult films aren’t freaks or perverts, just people doing a job. /end of rant

  59. UnbowedUnbentUnhodor
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    jentario:
    Dolorous Ned,

    February 28th last season, which means we should be getting it soon.
    http://winteriscoming.net/2013/02/season-three-episode-titles-revealed/

    Its interesting reading everyones predictions for the season. Some were spot on, others way off

  60. Boojam
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Satin: forgive me if I’m a little cynical here, but that FYI is brought up by someone each time Sibel is the topic, and it’s difficult to believe it’s done for anything other than to shame her. It’s not the 1950s anymore, maybe it’s time to accept that even people who have worked (or are working) in adult films aren’t freaks or perverts, just people doing a job. /end of rant

    Not even the 1960’s, 70’s, 80′, or 90’s… tho the Oral Minority still keeps the clamps on the MPAA about sex, I am surprised the distributors of Blue is the Warmest Color went for a NC17 and just didn’t release the film Unrated.

    Anyway , Sibel Kekilli’s list of regular film and TV on IMDB is rather lengthy.
    She must have a better actor’s presence when speaking German and Turkish.
    (Look at her list of awards and nominations.)
    She is not wooden in interviews , so to me the only explanation is possibly D and D vision of how they want Shae to appear as a character.
    But they have done this with Emilia Clarke too, she is dynamite with the right dialog, but does not seem able to finesse bad dialog (Season 2) the way a more experienced actor may (depending on the actor!).
    I think it impossible to give Charles Dance some clunky lines he would not weave into gold!
    David and Dan write some of the best spoken sequences I have ever seen for a modern costume drama* (I don’t know what influence they have on their writers) but now and then they seem uninspired and just drift.
    *(Yeah I know they have GRRM as source material.)

  61. Satin
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Boojam,

    the problem in evaluating performances is that a lot of it depends on the viewer, too. I’ve seen some tv magazine reviewer describe Joe Dempsie and Carice Van Houten as wooden, but I can’t see for the life of me why and how. No matter if you like their acting style or not, neither of them is wooden.

    In Shae’s case, it translates for me as discomfort, irritation, sometimes anger that can’t really be expressed. She is stiff, but there’s emotion behind it. For me at least; for others it might be wooden. It’s obviously a divisive performance. (Sadly, I’ve never seen Gegen Die Wand, which is her most famous German role I think, but she’s supposed to be great in that.)

    As for Emilia, I don’t find her wooden so much as… vague most of the time? I have no idea why anyone would follow her anywhere, be that through the desert or to Starbuck’s. Last season it was much better, but “Dracarys!” was still her best moment. Maybe they should have her speak Valyrian more often.

    Charles Dance can pretty much deal with everything, but he’s been working how long? 30, 40 years? You won’t be hired that long if you don’t have some amount of talent, and his experience should almost do the rest. Of course, they also love him and give great material to him. They were so lucky to get him as Tyrion.

    I do think D&D are mostly good writers, actually. (I know, sacrilegious!) They do miss now and then, but not nearly as much as some in our fandoms might claim. The one writer whose episodes I usually experience as sticking out oddly is Vanessa Taylor – that doesn’t mean I think she’s bad, but her eps somehow seem off – but from what I know the D’s would usually rewrite stuff since they are the showrunners.

  62. James
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I was watching for your eyes only and Charles Dance is one of Julian Glover’s henchmen. Pretty funny Tywin working for Pycelle

  63. Boojam
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Satin: As for Emilia, I don’t find her wooden so much as… vague most of the time? I have no idea why anyone would follow her anywhere, be that through the desert or to Starbuck’s. Last season it was much better, but “Dracarys!” was still her best moment. Maybe they should have her speak Valyrian more often.

    I thought Emilia had the right range for the first season.
    But her character’s role changed at the end of that season (at the end of the first novel too).
    (George seems to have trouble with writing Dany at times too.)

    About speaking a ‘language’ , it’s odd her best dialog , I thought, was S2E1, when she spoke Dothraki to her blood riders (none of them seem to be around now!) to go searching. She seemed to punch the air with expressive Dothraki even tho it was only a few words.
    (House of the UnDying had some good dialog for her thought she handled that well.)
    But you are right , I was knocked right off my seat with the DRACARYS sequence S3E4.
    Actually in that whole sequence she is very good, I think she speaks only one Common Tongue phrase. Catch the look she gives Kraznis when they are face to face and he calls her ‘bitch’ in (low, I think) Valyrian, you could hang a hat on those daggers! Then every Valyrian word she speaks to the Unsullied she puts punctuated fire into. The Valyrian bomb she drops on old K…. the reveal that Valyrian is her mother tongue. Even the pep rally speech to the Unsullied at the very end sounds convincing.
    Later the long (for the show) dialog with Grey Worm about being their captain is good.
    Maybe she should speak Valyrian all the time!

  64. Satin
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Boojam,

    (George seems to have trouble with writing Dany at times too.)

    In general, he doesn’t seem to be that comfortable with young kids or female teenagers (well, in fairness, he is neither, and every writer, no matter how good, has their limits).

    About speaking a ‘language’ , it’s odd her best dialog , I thought, was S2E1, when she spoke Dothraki to her blood riders (none of them seem to be around now!) to go searching. She seemed to punch the air with expressive Dothraki even tho it was only a few words.
    (House of the UnDying had some good dialog for her thought she handled that well.)

    Maybe it’s freeing for her to speak in a made-up language? I often find her a bit stilted in “common tongue,” but she’s among those who get the most “unnatural” dialogue, I think (i.e., Dany is someone who is always surrounded by people of lower status, and thus a lot of her dialogue is essentially speeches. I think it’s hard to come across as a fully rounded character that way, especially since there is little opportunity for her to be “private” Danaerys, who is after all still a teenager.)

  65. Boojam
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Satin: Maybe it’s freeing for her to speak in a made-up language? I often find her a bit stilted in “common tongue,” but she’s among those who get the most “unnatural” dialogue, I think (i.e., Dany is someone who is always surrounded by people of lower status, and thus a lot of her dialogue is essentially speeches. I think it’s hard to come across as a fully rounded character that way, especially since there is little opportunity for her to be “private” Danaerys, who is after all still a teenager.)

    I really wonder if D&D think of their ‘kids’ as being GRRM’s ages?
    Even if they stupidly have them say a certain age which they don’t look like!
    I mean it was for legal reasons they had to age-up most all the middle ages veneer GRRM using for the youngsters taking his template as there being no such thing as a ‘teenager’ in those times.
    Time’s arrow is taking young actors fast toward being young adults.
    (After all the nutrition and medical care we have now did not exist in the 14th century. So even some teenagers have looked like adults in developed countries starting with the beginning of the 20th century.) Sophie will soon be 18… I say drop the pretense , don’t have change the story because of that. I know it has romantic connotations but I say the hell with that , just ignore it and use the basic story but write to the actor’s ages.
    So far Emilia has been written as an adult on the show.
    Actually, maybe just my perception, but she has been an adult in the books, a female adult who , seems to me, GRRM has a problem getting a grip on.
    D and D really eschewed the cringe worthy dialog Emilia had in the 2nd season.
    After a couple of previews of season 4 I have some fear of them returning to that.
    In my minds eye she , would by now, be played by Eva Green , but Eva could not have played the Dany of season 1.
    However George has not taken Dany there in the books either.

  66. Satin
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Boojam,

    I don’t think they think of them as GRRM’s ages; they aged them up, anyway, and I guess they try to write to that in some way. For instance, Dany, Jon, Robb are all young and inexperienced (explaining some of their behaviour, mistakes, etc), but they are not children. Or take Sam and Gendry, who are played by adult men, but are at the same time obviously still teen-aged in their naivity and general outlook.

    Are you referring to Sophie not looking 14? I don’t think that was stupid, actually. The point in this situation is that Tyrion and the audience have to be aware that Sansa is awfully young and that this marriage is cruel on both of them. As a viewer, you have to be able to look past the reality of the actor’s ages a bit. Which, yes, may be a problem in Bran’s case, but there is no way they’ll replace Isaac (nor should they).

    I don’t really think Dany is written as an adult woman that much. Grown before her time, yes, but not like someone in their twenties.

    I think Martin is hit or miss with female characters of all ages. Asha seems to work the best for me as someone who is still recognizable female; Brienne is an interesting character study of someone who does have “masculine” and “feminine” qualities and struggles to reconcile them. I believe the more traditionally “feminine” the character is, the more difficult it seems to be for him to write them believably, but age also plays a role (Cersei and Mel come to mind, as well as Catelyn sometimes, as female characters who don’t work for me at all. Arianne very much goes into that direction, too, as does Dany in some ways. So, you may have a point here, young adult to adult women seem to be a struggle for him. Sansa is hit or miss. Arya often seems either much older or actually younger than she is supposed to be, but that’s a problem with Bran, too, and I think he mentioned Bran as a character who is difficult for him.).

    His best character where writing is concerned is actually Jaime in my mind. I find him completely believable, both in virtues and flaws, in realization and self-decption.

    Eva Green as Dany? Hmmm. I have to say, the girl next door approach fits Dany very well in my mind. Eva Green seems too “old,” too wise, to play her. She could be a great Val, to move away from her typical “witchy” roles a bit.

    And yes, please, less “queenly” dialogue for poor Danaerys. Or at least give us a scene where Missandei is coaching her in adequate royal speech.

  67. Boojam
    Posted February 25, 2014 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Satin: Eva Green as Dany? Hmmm. I have to say, the girl next door approach fits Dany very well in my mind. Eva Green seems too “old,” too wise, to play her. She could be a great Val, to move away from her typical “witchy” roles a bit.

    You know I was thinking that just the other day. Eve Green is not the only actress, but she can put on a meaner-than-junk-yard-dog look as well as Sigourney Weaver did in Aliens!
    Boy, Val, I guess D and D are going to introduce her… but even George did not really bring her forward as a stage presence until late in the novels.


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